It started only a few months ago. I'd created a regular workout routine, consistently working out a few days a week at BodyTalk. It was the longest I'd remained committed to any kind of working out routine - partly because it's a lot of fun and partly because it suits my schedule better than the gym classes I love such as cycling.
But I didn't feel like that was enough. BodyTalk is really just for strengthening, particularly for your arms and core. I knew my classes there couldn't give me the cardio I needed, so I randomly started running. It made me feel like any other great workout would - after pushing through it you feel both invigorated and proud of yourself. However, I discovered that there was something to love that I'd never appreciated before. Running makes me feel powerful beyond belief. I'm on a high when I listen to my playlist (filled with dancehall and soca to keep me moving, of course). I almost feel invincible.
But even beyond the physical, there is the mental challenge of running that appeals to me. I'm not a competitive person by normal standards. You won't catch me trying to run better or faster than the next person. But I'm super competitive with myself. I am my worst critic, and I definitely don't like disappointing myself. So when I run 3.5 miles (as I did today), I expect improvement the next time.
And that's the part that I need the most. The mental stamina is so much harder to come by than the physical stamina. There are so many points during my run where my body is capable of pushing it further, yet my mind is telling me to slow down or run a shorter time.
I'm at a point in my life where I'm experiencing so much growth. I'm also aware of how much growth has yet to occurr. As I continue to make running a regular part of my life, I believe that the same feeling of power that overcomes me during my workouts will take hold in my personal and professional life. The mental strength I build will develop the courage and committment I'll need to face future challenges that come my way.
I'm working with a theory here, but my goal is to follow through in order to see the results.